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Baseball: 10 pitchers and 10 position players to watch in Southland in 2014

Updated: March 27, 2014 8:58PM



TOP 10 PITCHERS

(in alphabetical order)

Brad Bass, Lincoln-Way Central, Sr.: The 6-foot-6 right-hander boasts a heavy 90 (mph) fastball. Notre Dame recruit.

Marko Boricich, Mount Carmel, Sr.: Southpaw sits in the mid-80s on his fastball, with good movement and plus-off-speed stuff. Penn State recruit.

Mike Costanzo, St. Rita, Sr.: Hard-throwing lefty consistently sits in upper 80s and has a 1-to-7 breaking ball. Austin Peay recruit.

Nick Dalesandro, Joliet Catholic, Jr.: Upper 80s fastball has great movement. Purdue recruit.

Jake Godfrey, Providence, Sr.: Low- to mid-90s fastball makes him a likely June draft pick. LSU recruit.

Jake Latz, Lemont, Sr.: Lefty has 90-mph heater and plus-control of all pitches. LSU recruit.

Sean Leland, Sandburg, Sr.: Boasts an upper 80s fastball that severely tails in on right-handed hitters. Louisville recruit.

Jeremy Orbik, Homewood-Flossmoor, Jr.: Overpowering fastball and effortless delivery. Kentucky recruit.

Kyle Ostrowski, Lincoln-Way North, Jr.: Upper 80s fastball that tails away from right-handed hitters. Purdue recruit.

Bryan Pall, Sandburg, Sr.: Low 90s fastball and 12-to-6 breaking ball makes him unhittable at times. Michigan recruit.

TOP 10 POSITION PLAYERS

(in alphabetical order)

Tyler Banovich, Bremen, Sr.: Hits for average, power and can run. Also has ace stuff from the mound.

Kevin Biondic, Brother Rice, Sr.: Run producer who drives the ball in the gaps.

Jesse, Forestell, Homewood-Flossmoor, Jr.: Left-handed-hitting catcher can rake and is proficient behind the plate.

Mike Kornacker, St. Laurence, Sr.: Reigning SouthtownStar Player of the Year can hit for average and power, and can dominate from the rubber. Purdue recruit.

Phil Kunsa, Providence, Sr.: Has very good power — 8 HRs last season — and is a run-producing machine.

Mike Papierski, Lemont, Sr.: Left-handed-hitting catcher has good size — he’s 6-2 — and can hit for power. LSU recruit.

Brian Richard, Oak Forest, Sr.: Four-year varsity starter is a tough out. Prairie State recruit.

Jake Shepski, St. Rita, Sr.: Three-year varsity starter can play SS or 2B and drives the ball with authority. Notre Dame recruit.

Josh Stowers, Mount Carmel, Jr.: A physical specimen who has big power, major speed and a gun for an arm. Louisville recruit.

Brad Wood, St. Laurence, Sr.: Scrappy infielder will do anything to help his team achieve victory. Northern Illinois recruit.

Pat Disabato



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